Title: Desertion (Knights Rebels MC #3)
Author: River Savage
Release Date: July 14th, 2015
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**** 4.5 AMAZING STARS****
Each time I sit down to read a new book in River Savage’s Knights Rebels MC Series, I fall more and more in love with this phenomenal series and its distinctive characters. River Savage’s fantastic writing continues to pull me into the world of this series, and I absolutely love every word I get to spend within it. Desertion, the third full length novel in this series, was no different, and I was completely enraptured by Jesse and Bell’s story.
It was heated and bursting with more sparks and fire than fireworks on the Fourth of July. It was emotionally consuming, and had me living and breathing and feeling every single exceptionally crafted feeling and emotion these characters were. It was entertaining as all get out too, and I couldn’t go more than a few pages without smiling or laughing or just enjoying what I was reading.
Desertion just gave me so much when I was reading it. It gave me two magnificent characters who were both fighting some major things in their lives. It gave me their fantastically intense story of what happens when those two dynamic characters come together. It gave me the distinctive world of this series, and all of the wonderful characters that come with it once again.
This book gave me so much, and I just relished in that because it was utterly fantastic to experience.
Jesse Carter is definitely a player to put it mildly. He puts on a happy-go-lucky front, but underneath his charming surface is a man that has experienced a world of pain and more hurt than anyone deserves. Jesse is still reeling from that pain in this book, and you get to experience that full force. Let me tell you that that pain is a doozy, but what you experience with Jesse will have you feeling immensely for his character. He keeps people away, he says things he shouldn’t, and he sure pushes and pushes until you can’t push anymore, but you will completely understand why he does that because of how fantastically this author writes and develops his character.
As much I sometimes hated what Jesse was doing to himself and to others in this book, I just completely understood where it came from and why he was like that, and that just allowed me to completely get his character. I cared for him, I felt for him immensely, and my heart just went to him with what he was going through. Reading Jesse experience that and try to fight through the darkness that threatens to overcome him will completely blow you away.
Bell Johnson was an incredible female character that I instantly connected to the minute I started this book. She was real, she was honest, and she definitely had a striking innocence to her. What I think I loved about Bell the most though was getting to see how her character evolved over the course of the story. Her character is wonderful throughout this book, but I got to experience Bell go from being reserved and held back, to someone who wasn’t afraid to give it all she had, fight back, and give as much push as she could. I loved seeing that evolution in her character because I felt that it showed so much strength in her, and it really just illuminated so many phenomenal things about her.
Like Jesse, Bell has some darkness in her past that continues to cloud her future. I was captivated completely in Bell’s story, and what her and her family were going through while reading Desertion. Reading what she experiences as she tries to find a way out from that darkness just made me love her character more, and just showed that she was a girl who was bound and determined to fight for her family and find the light to all of that darkness.
Now when Jesse and Bell come together in this book you get a lot of things. You get a whole heck of a lot of charm from Jesse, you get a whole lot of “you’re not getting any of this” from Bell, and you get the outstanding level of push and pull that results from that. Jesse and Bell have an electric level of chemistry that fires off of the page, and it just continues to build and build and build some more in Desertion until its inevitable explosion. And let me tell you, when it all explodes, it is mesmerizing, heated as all get out, and bursting with more passion and intensity than you can shake a stick at.
I feel like Desertion is defined in a way by the level of push and pull between Jesse and Bell. That push and pull is heated and sometimes it’s isn’t too pretty to experience, but boy is it emotional, all feeling, and laced with so much intensity. You will feel every single ounce of that push and pull, and your heart will go to both Jesse and Bell for what happens in the midst of all that. Your heart will break for them, it will feel for them, it will love them, and most of all it will want to fight for them because with every push and pull, you get a clearer glimpse of the extraordinary and vibrant thing Bell and Jesse could have if they only gave it a chance.
While Bell and Jesse try to make sense of what it is that their feeling for one another and where that could take them, this book also gives you a storyline filled with many twists and turns. I thought River Savage did an exceptional job of weaving the many layers to this story together, and it’s just one of the many aspects that reminded me why I have loved every book in this series. Desertion was packed with events that paced the story very well, and just had me beyond intrigued to learn what would happen next. While you get a complete story in Desertion, River Savage also did a fantastic job of setting up what’s to come in this series, which I am so excited and looking forward to reading.
That story also does a phenomenal job of bringing the wonderfully distinctive characters of this series together once again. It’s no secret that the Knights Rebels and their lady friends are some of my favorite characters around, and I just relished in getting to spend more time with them in this book. Their interactions with Bell and Jesse just made me love them more, and I was beyond thrilled with what I got to see with their characters. Nix, Kaydence, Holly, Sy, Beau, Kelly, Hunter, Brooks, and all the rest of the amazing characters in this series just added to how much I loved reading this book, and I for one can’t wait to spend more time with all of them.
River Savage and her outstanding writing just allows you to become fully encapsulated within the incredible world of this book with her fantastic characters, and I am telling you that you will love every word you get to spend within it.
Desertion was an emotionally charged book that tells the story of two seemingly opposite characters, who just might be exactly what the other needs to move past the darkness and pain that threatens to consume them. This book was exciting, and passionate, and intense in the best possible ways, while it told the story of two exceptional characters and their extraordinary fight. Sometimes they were fighting themselves, sometimes they were fighting each other and that magnetic pull they shared, and sometimes they were fighting that darkness, but through it all they were fighting and giving it their all.
This book will have you fully and whole heartedly experiencing everything with Jesse and Bell’s characters. You’ll hurt with them, you’ll bask with them, and you’ll fight and fall so deeply with them as you read their magnificent story. By the end of this book you’ll just realize why you love Jesse and Bell fiercely, why you love and root for what their fighting for, and why you once again love the wonderfully distinctive and wholly enrapturing world of the Knights Rebels MC.
“Jesse, it’s me, Bell,” she rushes out before I can take it any further.
“Fuck.” I release my grip on her arm and sit up, forcing myself back to the here and now.
“Did I hurt you?” I reach for her searching for any sign of a mark left by me.
“It’s fine. You barely touched me.” She holds her arm out letting me inspect it. I check it over one more time before releasing her and relaxing.
“You wanna talk about it?” I study her face, eyes calm, soft mouth. She’s not freaking out.
“Just some shit that visits my dreams sometimes, nothing that needs to touch you,” I reply, shocked I’m not retreating.
“I don’t mind, Jesse,” she pushes, and I almost cave. Almost.
“The last thing I want to do is talk about this shit, Bell.” She doesn’t argue or press, and I’m grateful for it. I don’t think I’d be able to keep my cool if she did.
“Come back to sleep.” She lies back down and I follow her. She doesn’t ask me any more questions, or make me feel like I need to tell her everything.
“That ever happens again, don’t wake me,” I warn. A menacing thought strikes through me picturing what could have happened if I didn’t wake in time. She’s lucky I didn’t hurt her, like the last time a woman touched me while I had a nightmare.
“You don’t always have to be so brave, Jesse.” Her hand moves to my dog tags. I don’t stop her. I’m starting to like the feeling of her hands touching them.
“Never tried to be, Bell. But talking doesn’t help me. Never has.” I think back to the time when I did try and it forced me out of control. Talking about those triggers only amplified my insecurities. When death sits afar, mocking you in the dangerous confines of your surroundings, it fucks with your head; nothing was going to change it.
Besides, my issues weren’t what I had done. They were what I had survived. My conscience wasn’t clear and my honor wasn’t clean.
“Promise me you won’t touch me.” I keep my tone even, controlled.
“I promise.” I take her hand in mine and bring it to my lips. Maybe one day I will let someone in. Let her in.
Today isn’t that day.
But today, I didn’t push her away.
That has to count for something.
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